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Preface                           xxix
of the Historical MSS. Commission; to Mrs. Alfred Morrison, for permission to print eleven letters from the Morrison collection; to Mr. Aubrey Harcourt, for permission to reprint four letters from the Harcourt Papers ; to the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, for permission to reprint three letters published in the Rev. D. C. Tovey's Gray and Ms Friends; to the Duke of Grafton, for permission to reprint a letter published in the Memoirs of Augustus Henry, third Duke of Grrafton, edited by Sir William Anson; and to Mr. Stopford Sackville, for permission to reprint a letter published in the Qth Eeport of the Historical MSS. Commission.
To the Hon. James A. Home I am deeply indebted for constant assistance and advice during the progress of my work. From him I have received not only information of a kind not easily obtainable elsewhere, but also valuable assistance in tracing the whereabouts of original letters. I am, further, indebted to Mr. Home's good offices for permission to include the letters to Lady Mary Coke, and also for a copy (kindly presented by Lord Home) of the privately-printed Letters and Journals of Lady Mary Coke, which was edited by Mr. Home.
My special acknowledgements are due to Mr. L. Pearsall Smith, whose exertions on my behalf resulted in the discovery of the seven letters of Horace Walpole to Madame du Deffand, already referred to.
I desire also to express my thanks for valuable assistance to my friend Dr. Charles L. Shadwell, of Oriel College, Oxford; and to Mr. C. E. Doble, of the Clarendon Press, to whom I am indebted for numerous helpful suggestions and corrections; as well as to Mr. F. G. Bain; Mr. Eichard Bentley; the Vice-Provost of Eton College (Mr. F. Warre